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    Elderly Brazilians head for DJ school

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    No sewing or playing bingo for this group of elderly Brazilians, who for the past month have decided to take on a more exciting activity, and started learning how to work the turntables at a DJ school.


    The project called "I'm no granny, I'm a DJ", was launched in late June by 28-year-old DJ Lisa Bueno, who owns a small disc jockey school in Sao Paulo.


    Riding the popularity of a British granny who conquered the French party scene, Bueno decided to open a class for elderly students. Eight people have already signed up for the three-month course.


    One of her most avid students is 63-year-old Rodrigo Ruiz, a Chilean university professor who plans on becoming a professional DJ when he retires.


    "It's super interesting. I'm very excited, but I still have a lot to learn. I even intend on making some money working as DJ someday," he said.


    Ana Maria Casagrande, a 66-year-old retired real estate agent, also decided to learn how to spin the discs after listening to her grandson's dance music CDs.


    Although she is more used to listening to jazz and samba, Casagrande thinks she will fall in love with this new music style.


    "It's not only my ears that hear this music. My heart also hears it. It's so rhythmic and strong. I think I will fall in love with this," she said.


    They look up to their more experienced classmate Nilson Cotrim, a 62-year-old electrician who has been playing at parties and nightclubs for the past four years.


    The white-haired electrician says he often gets crooked looks when he arrives at parties, but he is quick to win people over with his vigorous moves behind the mixing table. He says it is never too late to learn.